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As the global bridge year movement gains momentum, we are proud to have been featured in the following publications as a leader in in the field.


The following is a conversation between Abby Falik, Founder and President of Global Citizen Year, and Denver Frederick, Host of The Business of Giving on AM 970 The Answer in New York City. Denver: Many of us who went to college look back at those years as some of the best days of our lives. But today, that isn’t necessarily so for many young adults who enter freshmen year: exhausted, stressed out, uncertain about who they are, and what the future will bring. So, we can continue down that road without...

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09 Dec 2016 How Taking a Gap Year Can Shape Your Life

Looking back, adults who took time off before or during college say they have no regrets. By RON LIEBER OCT. 19, 2016 If your teenager is talking about taking a year away from the classroom between high school and college, you may have Malia Obama to thank for that. But if they’re not yet talking about whether to follow her lead, they should be. Taking time off between high school and college or sometime during the undergraduate years, as Ms. Obama is doing before she attends Harvard, has plenty of appeal for high...

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23 Sep 2016 The ‘gap year’ not just for rich kids anymore

Katie Couric and Yahoo! News released an incredible feature on Global Citizen Year! Check out the video below to see how we are re-imagining the 'gap year' as a launch pad for global citizens - and how top colleges are taking notice. By Katie Couric  When the White House announced that Malia Obama would be taking a year off after high school before attending Harvard, it turned a spotlight on the idea of a “gap year.” And yet it’s not just presidential family members taking time off, and not just Harvard that’s...

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13 Jul 2016 How to take a gap year overseas when you’re not wealthy

By Joanna Nesbit   My first year in college, I was lonely, lacking direction and supremely worried about money. A first-generation student paying my own way, I had no idea how I would fund year two without subsisting on loans, even in 1982-dollar days. Quite simply, I yearned to travel the world, and three more years of classes plus job felt like death. I did travel. But first, I dropped out to work and build a travel fund.   Lots of parents worry a gap year will derail kids (for the record, I have...

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05 May 2016 Malia Obama is taking a ‘gap year’ before attending Harvard — here’s why that’s a great idea

By Jeremy Berke The White House announced announced Saturday that Malia Obama will attend Harvard as a member of the class of 2021 — after taking a year off before her freshman year, otherwise known as a "gap year." Gap years are gaining in popularity among American students, as the New York Times reports. For example, Harvard has seen a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, and MIT saw their deferments double between 2009 and 2010, according to CIEE, the world's oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange program. Whether students participate...

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03 May 2016 How To Have A Successful Gap Year — Tips For Malia Obama And Other High School Grads

By Anya Kamenetz Imagine your bright young son or daughter comes to you, high school mortarboard in hand, and says, "Mom, Dad, I'm not going to college next year." What's your reaction? If you're the commander in chief or first lady, the answer is, reportedly, supportive. Their older daughter, Malia Obama, made headlines this week by announcing that she would put off matriculating at Harvard University until 2017. It turns out that this decision is becoming more popular at Harvard and around the country. "For years, Harvard's acceptance letters included a suggestion that students...

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03 May 2016 Why more teens like Malia Obama are taking a gap year

President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter Malia announced plans to take a gap year before she attends Harvard in 2017, an idea that is taking hold among more and more students. In 2015, 30-40,000 students took a year off after graduating high school, a 20 percent jump. William Brangham talks to Joe O’Shea of Florida State University for more on the broader trend of deferring college. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZRKxkYiINk[/embed]  ...

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